This is the final session of the Spring/Summer Meditation Class. Thank you for joining me. This last class is on Guru Meditation.
We can get to the root cause of a wound or habit through the practice of Guru meditation.
We all have repetitive issues that are diffcult or seemingly impossible to get to the root of and dislodge once and for all from our lives. All our habitual patterns come from our past, our “pain stories.” See more on freedom from our pain stories in my upcoming book: The Wheel of Initiation: Practices for Releasing the Inner Light.
We all know that we can’t return to the past and heal the original wound (or most of us would). And often, much of our most hidden hurts are buried in our unconscious due to the fact that they began when we were not yet speaking. So this time of nonverbal existence gave us experiences (and in this case wounds) that don’t have “words” that go with them. Our first year of life is vital to our underlying sense of self and our ability to bond with others. Much is actually dependent upon this first year of life. So, this can be discouraging if our first year lacked nurturing and bonding or was in fact traumatic.
Fortunately, although challenging, we can heal from these “preverbal” wounds and issues (as well as other habits and issues that cause us suffering) through the practice of Guru meditation. Guru meditation can be used to get to the root of the wound and to the places we can’t seem to reach. This is an intention of Guru meditation – getting help and relying on those who have succeeded on the path of awakening. We can take refuge in them through this practice. Emaho!
So we ask our root guru or deity, or the “Light” to go to these hidden places where the root of pain takes hold, the places we are easily provoked and where we tend to lose consciousness. The presence, the wisdom and the compassion of the deity will know were to go. All you have to do is the practice. You have to show up in a place (meditation cushion) so the deity can be called forth and find you.
My chiropractor has an instrument that sends light to the painful spot. It’s called a “Cold Lazer.” The light then goes to the root of the hidden pain, and assists the body to do the natural healing work. It triggers my natural capacity to heal. This is true of the Guru’s light (presence) as well. The Guru’s energy will go to the spot of pain with it’s light, wisdom and compassion which triggers your same three inherent qualities. Know and trust that this is happening when you practice Guru meditation.
“What most of us need, almost more than anything, is the courage and humility really to ask for help, from the depths of our hearts: to ask for the compassion of the enlightened beings, to ask for purification and healing, to ask for the power to understand the meaning of our suffering and transform it; at a relative level to ask for the growth in our lives of clarity, of peace, of discernment, and to ask for the realization of the absolute nature of mind that comes form merging with the deathless wisdom mind of the master.” Sogyal Rinpoche, Tibetan Book of the Living and the Dieing. Page 143. HarperSanFrancisco. 1992.
A great resource on guru meditation is Sogyal Rinpoche’s book, “Tibetan Book of Living & Dying,” and is the one I practice. I borrow from his book here. Any quotes are taken from this book. A simple practice of guru yoga includes invocation, merging with the guru/deity through the use of a mantra or chant, receiving the empowerment (blessing of the deity or animal) and then becoming one with the master or being.
Invocation “From the depths of your heart, invoke in the sky in front of you the embodiment of the truth in the person of your master, a saint or an enlightened being,” or your animal guardian. Call to this being from your heart and ask for its help. Know that which you call is there in front of you. Pray for this being to fill you up with love and compassion and any other of the qualities that you know this being holds for you. This of course connects you with all these inherent qualities within yourself.
Merging Here you recite the mantra that carries the energy of your given master or being. Or you can use a universal sound of “om ah,” or some other chant that you can sing to the deity. Experience this chant or mantra as the sound of this given being. The sound becomes the deity and at the same time calls the deity to you. I chant the mantra, Om Ah Hung Benza Guru Pema Siddhi Hung, which I was initiated from Sogyal Rinpoche at a retreat. This is the mantra of Padmasambhava. You can find this in his book as well.
Empowerment “Imagine now that from the master thousands of brilliant rays of light stream out toward you, and penetrate you, purifying, healing, blessing, empowering, and sowing in you the seeds of enlightenment.” Or imagine the qualities of your particular power animal being sent to you on rays of light, filling you up with its qualities. Let the being empower you with all its qualities so that these awaken in you. At the very least your mind is being filled with the ideal of this being and his or her qualities, a great meditation practice for calming the mind.
Becoming One Then let the being completely merge and mingle with you where there is no separation between your master or ally and yourself. Feel free to sit in this energy for a while. See and feel that you are the guru or deity. There is no separation between you and the divine. You are it. Let go and let the Deity do it through you – let go and let the light go to the wound. Touch your own inherent sacred, enlightened self. Here you affirm, “I am that.” Through Guru meditation you sanction the mantra, “I am that.”
For more on or from Sogyal Rinpoche go to his website: http://rigpa.org/